‘Taken 2,’ reviewed by Marshall Fine


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How much bad luck can one family have?

Enough for a hit movie – “Taken” – and what I assume the makers hope is a hit sequel: “Taken 2.”

“Taken” starred Liam Neeson as Brian Mills, a security expert and former special-ops guy whose daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) is kidnapped while on a vacation trip to Paris. So he becomes a one-man wrecking crew, smashing his way through a ring of Eastern European human traffickers who are about to sell his daughter to a sheik as a sex slave.

In “Taken 2,” it’s a few years later and Brian is a more regular part of his daughter’s life. Indeed, he’s teaching her to drive. He’s also on friendlier terms with his ex-wife Lenore (Famke Janssen), inviting her and Kim to join him in Istanbul after he finishes his next assignment.

But the father (played by all-purpose villain Rade Serbedzija) of one of the traffickers he killed in Paris vows revenge against Brian and tracks him to Istanbul. His plan undoubtedly includes killing Brian’s wife and daughter and making him watch – before killing Brian himself.

This review continues on my website.